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Recently, a humorous video titled “Obama hilariously mocks own retirement in skit” gained attention in the US and also in China. What was the occasion for the humorous video and what exactly did Obama do in it? He did something that we call “自黑 (zìhēi) self-mockery” in Chinese.

Each year, at the Washington Hilton, the White ...


It depends on your gift for language-learning as well as the time you are able to dedicate to learning it. If you study a few hours every day you’re going to learn a lot faster than someone who only spends one day a week.
For speaking, the key is to LISTEN and REPEAT. Over and over ...


All cultures have their superstitions. The Chinese people are no different! There are many interesting beliefs involving colors, gifts, self-grooming, and especially, numbers and dates. In Chinese superstition, the number “4” is considered as unlucky because the pronunciation is similar to the word “死 (sǐ) death.” The Chinese believe that the numbers that use “8” are lucky ...


The G20 (or G-20 or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for the governments of 20 of the largest economies in the world. Each year, the G20 holds an annual “summit,”or “meeting,” to address many of the world’s economic and financial problems. Past locations for the summit have included Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Seoul, Toronto, ...


You are probably very familiar with the fairytale Cinderella, but did you know there was a custom in ancient China much like this story? The bridegroom in China would actually use a shoe to tell if it’s his bride! Much like in the children’s story, the bridegroom would place the shoe upon the bride’s foot, ...


Seen regularly around town, many foreigners will notice signs featuring the Chinese characters “禁止 (jìnzhǐ).” From street signs near buildings and public offices, or even on the side of the road these characters are very important to know! They may even save your life one day.
1. 禁止吸烟 (Jìnzhǐ xīyān) No smoking

This sign will ...


Has your boat ever “gone under?” We have all been in those doomed situations, sometimes. In English, you may say that you are “done for,” “sunk,” or “have gone to the dogs.” In Chinese, you can say “完蛋了 (wándàn le).” Your business is closing? The bicycle is out of control and will soon crash into ...


Another Olympic season has passed, and the same as the past few Olympics since 2008 in Beijing, swimming dominated the headlines. Particularly, the swimmers themselves made headlines from Rio to around the world. The most famous swimmer, 25-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps drew attention this summer with not only his speed in the pool, ...


Chinese is growing in popularity, so there are new ways to learn online popping up every day. They aren’t all good though. I believe the best resource is, of course, you can work one-to-one with qualified instructors online. Here are some of the other resources I think might be helpful.
Chinese is considered one of the most ...


Since China’s dramatic and successful hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games “奥运会 (Aoyùnhuì),” the Chinese people have considered The Olympics as a point of pride for their country. The Beijing games, and its colorful opening ceremony, captured the attention of the world and are still the most-watched Olympics in history. After China won 50 gold ...


1. How to say “gold medal” in Chinese?
     A. 金牌 (jīnpái)
     B. 银牌 (yínpái)
     C. 铜牌 (tóngpái)
2. Zuó wǎn ____ kàn Àoyùnhuì le, jīntiān kěnéng huì _____.
     昨   晚   ____  看      奥运会 了,今天   可能    会  _____。
     I stayed up late last night to watch the Olympic Games, so maybe I will skip work today.
     A. 时差 (shíchà)
     B. 熬夜 (áoyè)
     C. 翘班 (qiàobān)
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狗屎运 (gǒushǐyùn), although sounds hilarious in English, is a slang to describe someone getting unexpected luck or good luck in bad days. The word “狗屎 (gǒushǐ)” means “dog shit” and “运 (yùn)” is from “运气 (yùnqi),” which means “fortune, luck.” This phrase comes from the old society in China when there was not a lot ...


Lily hasn’t seen her friend Tom for several days. She decides to give Tom a phone call.
Conversation:
Lily: Nǐ zài gān shénme? Wǒ zhè jǐ tiān dōu méiyǒu jiàn dào nǐ.
Lily: 你 在  干    什么?    我  这  几天  都    没有    见   到  你。
Lily: What are you doing? I haven’t seen you for several days.
Tom: Āi, wǒ zhè jǐ tiān máng sǐ le.
Tom: 唉,我 这  几天    忙   死了。
Tom: Ah, I’m up ...


The old expectations of a “9-to-5” work day are often being destroyed in many countries where cost of living and competition are rising rapidly. For office workers, “9-to-6″ is more common and for many overachievers, “burning the midnight oil” is a common expectation, working long hours into the night and ordering “外卖 (wàimài) take out” ...


E-commerce refers to the process of buying or selling products or services over the Internet. Online shopping platforms are slowly taking over from traditional shopping, in which buyers go to the market and pay for things with cash. (Must Known Chinese words for online shopping) In China, E-Commerce has been gaining in popularity and websites such ...


1. What day is the “七夕节(qīxījié) Chinese Valentine’s Day (lunar calendar)?”
A. July 1st
B. July 7th
C. June 1st
D. June 7th
2. All of the following are traditional activities on “七夕节(qīxījié)” EXCEPT:
A. 表白 (biǎobái)
B. 求婚 (qiúhūn)
C. 烛光晚餐 (zhúguāng wǎncān)
D. 加班 (jiābān)
See Answer Analysis
Know more about the Chinese Valentine’s Day-“七夕节 (qīxījié):

Greetings on Valentine’s Day

Celebrating ...


Everybody wants to be an Internet star —maybe not everybody—but a lot of people try! (Do you know the famous NBA star?) And with the multitude of accessible media platforms—Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc.—many make it. Before, you had to act in a movie or something similar for real fame. But nowadays just a funny video ...


Everyone makes mistakes, right? Are we never allowed to complain just a bit? Well, when you’ve just about had enough of something (or someone), you can use the verb “吐槽 (tǔcáo)” to playfully express your discontent, or simply to complain about something or someone. You may use it to point out that someone is at ...


If you’re interested in learning Chinese, I strongly suggest you work with a qualified teacher. A teacher will be able to help you make the most of your studies in a way that studying on your own is hard to imitate. And since going to China isn’t realistic for everyone, you can simulate a Chinese ...


“神回复 (shén huífù) legendary reply” is a term you may not be familiar with, although you may have done it yourself! “神回复 (shén huífù) legendary reply,” is an Internet slang term that refers to an extremely creative and funny comment on social networking sites.
Let’s break down this new phrase!
The first word is “神 (shén).” This ...


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